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  Advent Wreath

Year of Faith: Advent


December 16, 2012
Lauren Sherman
Junior, Communications


Zephaniah 3: 14-18a
Isaiah 12; 2-3, 4, 5-6
Philippians 4: 4-7
Luke 3: 10-18



Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
make your requests known to God.


After I read this reading, the phrase above stood out to me. In particular, the
word, “anxiety” struck me the most. As a junior in college, maintaining a qualified
GPA, participating in extracurricular activities, having several leadership roles
on campus, amongst the pressures to choose a career path and set goals for the
upcoming year of graduation, let’s face it, I feel tied down with anxiety and stress.

As a college student, I am expected to fulfill specific expectations that others may
have for me.  For example, my family would like me to succeed and have a
successful career, so I need to do well in my classes. Alongside the stressors that
come with college itself, how about the struggles within oneself to surpass these
obstacles alone? No, we are not alone; however, it can sure feel that way at times.
To whom do we turn? It's great to vent and ask for help from friends and family,
but why is God put on the back burner? God wants us to feel at ease and at
peace even during times of stress. Overwhelmed and overcompensating fears of
the future outside of college is scary, so why not let that be known to God.  Ask
for help.  


Throughout the Christmas season, for example, we should feel at peace
within ourselves as well as peace surrounding us. The pressures of being a junior
in college is a challenge, but turning to God for guidance will help me feel at
ease. I encourage you all to put God first and He will guide you in the right

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